Snowload not likely cause of Frisco roof collapse |

Snowload not likely cause of Frisco roof collapse

HARRIET HAMILTONsummit daily news

FRISCO – Orange cones surrounded Maximum Comfort Pool and Spa in Frisco Tuesday while officials investigated possible factors contributing to Monday’s roof collapse, including unusually high snowload.Owner Michael Charles is not yet sure exactly what inventory was lost in the collapse.”We can’t get close enough to see,” he said. Maximum Comfort Pool and Spa, based in Vail, opened in the former Christy Sports location last December. The exact cause of the collapse is still unknown. Town of Frisco building official Gary Pringey said the preliminary investigation was limited by the safety of the scene. Pringey entered the building Tuesday but was unable to identify precisely the components that failed.Higher than average snowfall has raised questions about snowload on the building’s flat roof. Tyler Myers, representing Frisco Ten Mile Drive, LLC, owner of the building since last June, said the previous owner had no problems with snow accumulation.”In 25 years he never shoveled a roof,” Myers said. Myers also said he had been on the roof himself two weeks ago and had not seen much snow. Pringey agreed the amount of snow present was not remarkable.”It did not appear to exceed the design parameters of the building,” he said. “We still don’t know if there were adequate supporting columns inside,” Pringey said. He described the roof construction as parallel trusses with one center bearing beam. On Monday, Lake Dillon Fire Authority reported the building was condemned, but Pringey was careful to say it has only been posted for “no occupancy.””Actual condemnation is a lengthy procedure,” he said. The building’s owner is commissioning engineers to evaluate the present condition of the structure. The ultimate decision between repair or demolition will be made by the owners’ insurance adjusters based on the engineers’ findings.The building is a freestanding structure next to NAPA Auto Parts at the end of the Frisco Plaza mall. Crossbeams connecting it with the NAPA building were removed Tuesday to prevent potential damage to adjacent structures.Store manager Shannon Knaub and employee Brad Thorpe were able to escape the building without injury Monday afternoon when the roof caved in.”We heard a loud crack,” Knaub said. “It was the center beam. And then trusses started falling in a kind of domino effect.” Thorpe ran out the front door while Knaub grabbed his camera and cell phone and stood by the back. Lake Dillon Fire Authority responded and determined no gas leaks or exposed electrical hazards were present.The building dates to 1974 and was renovated this fall. Myers said paint and carpet were changed, but nothing structural was altered.Store owner Charles expressed his appreciation for the quick action taken by building management. He plans to transfer inventory from the Vail store to a temporary showroom at 719 Ten Mile Drive, also owned by Frisco Ten Mile Drive, LLC.”Tyler’s been very supportive and helpful,” he said. “Optimistically we’ll be reopening by next Monday.”Harriet Hamilton can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13624, or at

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